Over 3,000 Blind Americans Gather for Convention

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Over 3,000 Blind Americans Gather for Convention

National Federation of the Blind Holds First Vegas Convention in Organization’s History


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Las Vegas, Nevada (July 1, 2019): Members of the National Federation of the Blind (NFB), the oldest and largest nationwide organization of blind people, will gather in Las Vegas beginning on July 7 for the organization’s first national convention in the city. Local media and residents are cordially invited to attend. Those seeking press access should contact Chris Danielsen by emailing cdanielsen@nfb.org or calling or texting 410-262-1281.

Event:             National Federation of the Blind National Convention

Dates:             July 7–12, 2019

Place:             Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, 3950 South Las Vegas Boulevard Las Vegas, Nevada 89119

Attention Technology, Transportation, Automotive Editors

Self-Driving Technology to be Featured at Convention of Blind Americans

Self-driving automobile technology has the potential to bring unprecedented freedom and independence to blind Americans and will therefore be a major topic for discussion at our convention. On Friday, July 12, Kyle Vogt, President and Chief Technology Officer of Cruise Automation, will address the entire convention at approximately 3:00 p.m. Mr. Vogt will also be available for interviews along with NFB President Mark Riccobono. For interview availability contact Chris Danielsen by calling or texting 410-262-1281.

Attention: Entertainment Editors and Reporters

Blind Actress to Present Acting Workshop

Blind people are working, and interested in working, in the entertainment industry, and there are an increasing number of roles that can and should be filled by blind actors. Meet a working blind actor and aspiring blind actors as well. Marilee Talkington, a professional actor who has appeared on NCIS and has a recurring role in the forthcoming Apple drama See, will deliver a training session covering performing from script to stage on Monday, July 8, from 7-10 p.m. in South Pacific Ballroom A.

Attention: Technology Editors and Reporters

Leaders of Microsoft, Apple, and Others to Participate in Convention

Representatives of leading technology manufacturers will be represented at the convention on Thursday, July 11. Brad Smith, President and Chief Legal Officer of Microsoft Corporation, will address the convention at 9:05 a.m. His topic will be “Global Leadership, Responsibility, and Technology: Accessibility as a Core Value at Microsoft.” Mr. Smith will be followed by Suman Kanuganti, Founder and President, Aira Tech Corp. (Aira is an award-winning startup that provides “visual interpretation” through video calling and artificial intelligence to blind users.) At 12:30 p.m., Sarah Herrlinger, Director of Global Accessibility Policy and Initiatives for Apple, will co-facilitate a session on “Accessibility: Power of Innovation and Civilization” with Everette Bacon, a member of the NFB board of directors, in the Tradewinds D room.

Note: The entire convention agenda, outlining a full week of activities around policies, technologies, and issues that affect the lives of blind Americans, as well as various activities emphasizing the ability of the blind to live the lives they want, is available at www.nfb.org/convention.

Chris Danielsen
Director of Public Relations
National Federation of the Blind
410-659-9314, extension 2330
410-262-1281 (cell)